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San Pablo Tennis Club

An African American Community Organization

 
 
San Pablo Tennis Club Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 2, 2021
1. San Pablo Tennis Club Marker
Inscription.  The San Pablo Tennis Club (SPTC) was established in 1954 by a group of predominantly Black tennis players who wanted to promote tennis, particularly for the youth, in their much beloved community. Due to racial discrimination, the San Pablo Park courts were the only courts in Berkeley where Blacks were welcomed to play. The Club was organized with elected officers, monthly meetings, and eventually up to 400 members.

In 1987 and 1988, SPTC qualified three teams (Men's 3.0, Men's 4.0, Women's 3.0) for the United States Tennis Association National Championships. In 1987, the Men's 3.0 team, Topspins, won the National Championships held at Seabrook Island Resort in Charleston, South Carolina. SPTC hosted tennis competitions and social events, participated annually in two national African American tennis tournaments: the Pacific Coast Championships and the American Tennis Association, and contributed to maintaining the tennis courts. SPTC's dedication and tennis leadership contributed significantly to establishing San Pablo Park's reputation for tennis excellence and great social camaraderie.

San Pablo Tennis Club Founders

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San Pablo Tennis Club Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 2, 2021
2. San Pablo Tennis Club Marker - wide view
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M. Bennett · Isabel "Izzy” Dishroom · Ed Jay · Clarence Kyle · Margaret Robinson · Harold S. Bennett, Sr. · Wesley E. Hester, Sr. · Robert Johnson, Sr. · James "JD” Nelson · Theresa Sanders · Dorothy Wallace Carnegie · Bob Houston · Emmett Jones · Ollie Pendleton · Don Tyson · Dennis Chew · Bill Jackson · Louise Jones · Frank Robinson

 
Erected 2021.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1954.
 
Location. 37° 51.298′ N, 122° 17.078′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Mabel Street south of Oregon Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frances Albrier (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rumford's Pharmacy (approx. 0.3 miles away); Santa Fe Railroad Tracks (approx. 0.3 miles away); Exxon Super Service Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Burl Toler, Sr. (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Byron Rumford (February 2, 1908 - June 12, 1986) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Longfellow School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Reid's Records (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to a cement monument located at the entrance to the tennis courts in San Pablo Park.
 
The Topspins image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 2, 2021
3. The Topspins
Quite close nearby, mounted to the fence, is a banner depicting the Topspins - the mens 3.0 national champion tennis team of 1987. (click on photo to enlarge
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 6, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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